Botanical data specialist (app development)

A botanical data specialist helps organise, research and capture plant data for use as part of software and app features that are designed to enhance gardening and plant care

Training, qualifications and skills A relevant qualification in biology, horticulture or botany that gives a solid general knowledge of plants and their typical pathogens – typically a degree, MSc and a PhD.
Career progression opportunities Horticultural/botanical data management, information science, machine learning/data analytics, project management
Useful links Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

Focus on: Botanical data specialist

Waheed Arshad
Candide Gardening
Full time, salary up to £60k

I work with a large team of software engineers on a variety of projects involving botanical data. The work ranges from extracting, importing and exporting plant, pest and disease data for various database applications, to working closely with clients and software users to ensure the data is accurate and accessible. It also involves researching data sources to verify the validity of botanical information.

Look for exciting, cutting-edge opportunities and ensure you have an organised, meticulous work approach if you aspire to a role working with high quality plant databases.

My job regularly involves performing quantitative and qualitative analyses on plants, pests, and disease trends, to help get the best information to gardeners and growers worldwide.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.